• Don’t Let The World Change You

    Have any of you ever been in a great mood and then one person just acted really rudely to you and it changed your whole mood? Maybe someone honked at you because you didn’t hit the gas pedal the EXACT second the light turned green, or someone yelled at you because you weren’t walking fast enough for them. Or, maybe someone yelled at you because you were walking behind them and they didn’t like how close you were to them. That situation happened to me the other day. I was having a really nice day and decided to go for a run along the lake. It was a gorgeous day…

  • The 10-10-10 Rule For Stress You NEED To Know

    Hey, everyone. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ll overthink little situations and get stressed over things I shouldn’t stress about. I  will realize this a few hours or days after I get stressed, and try to tell myself not to worry so much in the moment next time. This is where the 10-10-10 rules comes into play. I get Daily Shine texts as I mentioned in a previous blog, and I got one a few days ago that REALLY stood out to me. It started off by saying this: “A new study shows when we *think* we’ll be stressed (ex. those mid-commute worries) the floodgates open for stress,…

  • Goals, Gratitude and Grad School

    HI! Wow. It’s been over a month. I’ve kind of gone into hermit mode, but that’s because I was feverishly working on my Master’s Project… which I am happy to say I officially handed in yesterday! WOOOHOOO! I started my project in May of 2017. My project was a 244 page content marketing strategy eBook for a fellowship I have been working at during grad school, and to say I’m proud of it is a major understatement. The process of working on my Master’s Project really showed me that anything is possible when you give it your all. Throughout the process, I cried many times, had many knots in my…

  • Worrying Less = A Better You

    Have any of you heard about Daily Shine Texts? About a week ago, one of my best friends Molly (hey Molly) told me about it. It’s a site where you can sign up to get texts at a specific time with motivational quotes, ideas and actions to take to make yourself be as positive as you can be and the best version of yourself. Anyway, today, I received one that really resonated with me. The exact words were: “TGIF, Christiana! Each year, we spend the equivalent of *2 months* worrying. This weekend, ease up on predicting the future.” Did anyone else read this and just go, wow? I did. I…

  • It All Starts With Us

    The other day I was driving home from work in the pouring rain. I saw an older man crossing the street, without an umbrella, and he was completely soaked. All I could think was that I wish I could have given him an umbrella. If I had one in my car – it would have been his. A few weeks ago, I was at a stop light when I saw a women drop her suitcase. She was having a hard time getting it back up on her rolling cart, and she struggled for a bit until she got it back up. I was in my car, and all I could…

  • Sunday Scaries

    Sunday scares are a real thing, no doubt about it. I can tell you that for a fact because I’ve experienced them before, and I’m experiencing them today. For those of you who don’t know what the Sunday scaries are, they’re basically a feeling of nervousness that sets in before you start the week ahead. This week, I start my last semester of graduate school. Although I’ve been excited about this up until this point, the reality of it is really setting in (particularly today). This is my last semester as a student – no more breaks, varied schedules, homework, grades and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very…

  • Knowing Your Worth + Speaking Up

    Blogging has taught me many things – two of those things being knowing your worth and speaking up for yourself. Many times, we don’t speak up for ourselves or speak up for what we know we deserve. Recently, I had a blogging experience with a brand that opened my eyes to knowing my worth and speaking up for what I believe in (especially with blogging). I will not name the brand, but to put it lightly, they took advantage of me and my work. They wanted me to talk about about their new collection and I agreed, because experience is a good thing to have. However, after I posted my…

  • 10 Simple and Easy Ways to Spread Kindness

    Today, I want to focus on something I find very important  – kindness. It’s so simple, yet so powerful. I’ve talked about the importance of kindness plenty of times on my blog, but today, I want to focus on ways we can spread kindness. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE hearing about random acts of kindness. The other day, I read this sweet story about an older man that was handing out free flowers at a farmers market, with the hope that it would bring others joy. I mean, how sweet is that?! Doesn’t that just melt your heart? With that being said, here are 10 simple and…